House and Senate conferees have agreed to include protections for backcountry landing strips in the fiscal year 2001 Interior Appropriations Act Conference Report (H.Rpt.106-914). Those protections have been championed by AOPA. The report, filed late on Friday, specifies that the departments of Interior and Agriculture cannot use federal funds to permanently close landing strips located on federal land without public notice, consultation with state and federal aviation officials, and the consent of the FAA. The conference report is expected to reach the House floor for a vote today and will be considered by the Senate later on this week. According to Congressional Quarterly, President Clinton is likely to sign the bill into law.
October 2, 2000